England is Belgium, Belgium is England. That’s how Fastlane Candies describes Showstar. Despite the fact that Showstar came from Huy, a small town in Belgium, their music reminds you of the British Pop/Rock in the 60’s.
The band started more than 10 years ago and they’ve released three albums so far. In their third album “Think Ringo”, most of their songs tell stories about being fed up and disappointment. Yet, they deliver the cynicism and criticism toward love and the society using uplifting and cheerful music, which strengthen the sense of sarcasm in their songs.
Showstar is releasing a new album soon and they recently released a new track called “Happy Endings” as an early introduction . Unlike the title, the song doesn’t really tell about happy endings. The difference Showstar made in this new track is that the music isn’t as uplifting as their previous creations. Showstar made a darker approach in their upcoming album which they stated as more indie pop, and with “Happy Endings”, they let you listen to the first taste of the full album.
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If I may predict how their upcoming album is going to be like by listening to “Happy Endings”, I will say that their darker approach makes their music sounds “less-British” than before. I still can tell that “This is Showstar.”, but unlike their previous album which sounds like the 60’s British Pop, the band now performs the modern European indie pop music.
Q: First of all, how do you describe your music?
A: Accidental Pop Music ? I’m still surprised how things are going between us and how we end up writing songs together. We have such different tastes in music … but we’re good friends.
That’s must be the reason. We’re making Friendly Alternative Music. Sort of. With guitars. But no beards.
Q: What makes your band different from other indie bands?
A: They are far better than us.
Q: A very basic question, why named your band “Showstar”? what does it mean?
A: It was the name written on the first guitar amp we used, back in the days. Simple as that.
With our name, lots of people are expecting big shows, strass, glamour and fat lips. They are disappointed when we show up. They don’t get the irony behind the name.
Q: So you’re releasing a new album. What is this album about?
A: It’s about getting older and being lost in the modern life (which is not rubbish).
Q: What makes it different from your previous albums?
A: The album was recorded within 11 days on a boat in London. It’s a musical journey that tells that particular moment.
And it’s the first time we recorded an album with just the four of us. We’ve had some fun, London was great and Rory is such a talented, funny and patient guy.
Q: Why did you decided to have a darker approach in this album?
A: It was not decided, it just came along. It was the mood floating around these days, i suppose.
We hardly plan something from the beginning, we prefer to let things happen. It’s probably a way to avoid disappointment.
Q: Is there any particular message you’d like to deliver through this album?
A: The end is often sad and cruel.
Q: Last but not least, tell me your hope for this upcoming album and your career?
A: We hope people will say : « this is their best album ever »
Til the next one.
With their music , Showstar has expanded their career to other European countries like France and UK. And with the different approach they made in their upcoming album, we will see how that will affect their audiences. Nevertheless, what I can say now is that even though Showstar often sings about disappointment, their music and their career progress are far from disappointing.
Do you like happy endings? :
Elsa Hestriana, 2014.